Full name Matthew Thomas Coles
Born May 26, 1990, Maidstone, Kent
Current age 25 years 66 days
Major teams England Lions, Kent, Kent 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|First-class debut||Kent v Loughborough UCCE at Canterbury, Apr 15-17, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Jul 13-16, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury, Aug 9, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Middlesex v Kent at Radlett, Jul 31, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Hampshire v Kent at Southampton, Jun 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Gloucestershire v Kent at Cheltenham, Jul 12, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/54, 2||Kent||v Middlesex||Radlett||31 Jul 2015||LA|
|0/36||Kent||v Hampshire||Canterbury||30 Jul 2015||LA|
|1*, 3/53||Kent||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||28 Jul 2015||LA|
|8, 2/92, 2, 0/15||Kent||v Surrey||The Oval||13 Jul 2015||FC|
|2/30, 0||Kent||v Gloucs||Cheltenham||12 Jul 2015||T20|
|4, 0/48||Kent||v Somerset||Canterbury||10 Jul 2015||T20|
|6/55, 4*, 4/43||Kent||v Leics||Leicester||5 Jul 2015||FC|
|0/19||Kent||v Sussex||Hove||3 Jul 2015||T20|
|12, 4/83, 2, 0/13||Kent||v Northants||Northampton||20 Jun 2015||FC|
|0*, 1/32||Kent||v Surrey||The Oval||19 Jun 2015||T20|
Matt Coles is a powerfully-built allrounder who moved from his home county of Kent to Hampshire to move his career forward and then, only one year into a three-year deal, promptly moved back again. An aggressive bustling seamer he took 41 wickets at 28.41 in 2014 as Hampshire gained promotion but he struggled to settle away from friends and family in his home town of Maidstone and conceded a chance to impress back in Division One of the County Championship and perhaps attract the England selectors once more.
Kent's task, upon his return, was to provide a settled atmosphere that would help him rediscover his pleasure in a cricketing career which had suffered from blotting his copybook on an England Lions tour of Australia. Coles was picked for the Lions tour of Australia at the start of 2013 after making great strides the previous season - a summer in which he made a maiden Championship century against Yorkshire at Headingley, reaching the landmark with a reverse sweep for six against Adil Rashid, and also took 52 wickets at 22.03. But his chance with the Lions proved a disaster; after playing three of the first four matches of the tour, Coles was sent home for a second breach of discipline along with Ben Stokes, too many late, boozy nights being the prime issue. Within a year, Stokes had a maiden Test hundred - an Ashes hundred, too - to his name, but Coles found no easy rewards.
Initially, he returned to Kent but with his England ambitions still high he refused to sign a new contract for a county labouring in Division Two and went on loan to Hampshire towards the end of the season. His 21 wickets at 24 in five matches, including a career-best 10 for 154 in the final match of the season against Essex, was enough to earn him a three-year deal. A year later he played a solid hand in helping Hampshire return to Division One, but the lure of Kent proved too much and he returned home once more.
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